How to Rescue a Dying Lawn

Are you confused to why your once lush, healthy, beautiful lawn is now turning brown and starting to die?

It is very worrying for any lawn owner to see their precious green grass turning brown or yellow either in patches or swaths. A lawn starts to look lifeless due to droughts, pest infestation, weeds, thatch, overwatering, improper fertilization, salt damage, lawn disease etc.

No need to panic, though, since it is a common problem that fortunately has several solutions. If you want to revive your precious lawn back to its healthy state, then sit back and relax because today in this article we will discussing the top 10 remedies for reviving a dying lawn that is easy simple and effective

1: Weeding

First and foremost you need to make sure to get rid of weeds that are stealing up your grass nutrients and space. You can use chemical herbicides but since we are out to save some money boiling the weeds or doing hand weeding are some of your best options. If you don’t have much time on your hands then boiling weeds is the option for you. All you need to do is boil some water and then pour it over the weeds which will show results within hours of application. 

2: Underwatering

Overwatering is a very common mistake a lot of lawn owners make. Over-watering is a severe problem since it makes the soil disease-prone and causes the air pockets of soil to block, which prevents the roots from breathing, leading to root diseases and color change of the grass. So water your lawn often but lightly.

3: Raking

Raking your lawn is vital for keeping healthy. Over time a lot of thatch builds up, depriving the roots of air, water, and other nutrients causing color change, suffocation and even death in some cases. Raking should be done throughout the year since it will prevent diseases from taking over your lawn.

4: Aerating

Aerating works by making holes in the soil which allow air and water to penetrate the roots. Compacted soil can be a result of heavy foot traffic and can cause soil erosion. 

5: Mowing:

Mow your lawn often and don’t mow it low because grass that’s cut too short becomes more susceptible to disease and heat damage. Mow your lawn once a week or twice during the peak of the growing season.

Dull mower blades tear off the grass’s blades, making it more susceptible to diseases, therefore sharpening your mower blades early in the mowing season. 

6: Compost/Fertilizers:

The use of liquid iron fertilizer is another excellent way of making your lawn healthier because a fertilizer will provide your precious grass with secondary nutrients essential for plant growth.

Compost is also a great option; it’s just as efficient as fertilizer. Plus it’s very inexpensive and organic. 

7: Have a stable soil pH balance:

Soils can either be naturally acid or alkaline which is measured by a pH value. 

A soils pH should be around 6.5 to 7.5 since it’s ideal for most plants.

To check the pH balance of the soil you can use it or ingredients that are easily available at home. Mix half a cup of vinegar with 2 tablespoons of soil and if it fizzes that its alkaline (the pH balance is over 7). Mix 2 tablespoons of soil with half a cup of baking soda and moisten it with a bit of distilled water and if it is more acidic.

 If your soil is acidic use materials that contain some form of lime such as limestone, marl, chalk, burnt lime which will help you reduce the acidity of the soil. 

If your soil is alkaline then lower its pH level by using compost or organic matter. 

8:Get rid of Moles:

Moles are insectivores that prefer to feed on grubs and beetles instead of your lawn, however, their underground tunnels can for sure ruin your lawn. 

You can get rid of moles by removing their food source, meaning don’t overwater your lawn, apply repellents such as coffee grounds or mothballs, trap them and so on.

9: Pests:

There are many types of lawn pests but the most common ones are grubs, sod webworms, chinch bugs, armyworms and cutworms etc. 

The most dangerous pests are grubs since they feed on the grassroots causing the grass to die. 

The best way to get rid of grub is to use beneficial nematodes. Beneficial nematodes are microscopic worms that are used for pest control especially against grubs. Beneficial nematodes release specialized bacteria that kills the grub so it can feed on it and reproduce.

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